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Gunnm, Tome 09

(Battle Angel Alita / Gunnm #9)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  1,525 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Par un formidable effort de volonté, Gally a réussi à s'affranchir du lien qui l'attachait à Zalem. Libre pour la première fois de sa vie, elle affronte Desty Nova sans autre objectif que d'assouvir une vengeance personnelle. Mais, face à la mort, le savant fou joue sa dernière carte et tente d'échanger sa vie contre le secret de Zalem. "Tu possèdes le corps d'une machine ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Glénat (first published 1995)
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Gianfranco Mancini




Had a real blast reading again this cyberpunk manga after something like 20 years.
Alita, young girl in the body of a mechanical war machine, is essentially a sci-fi version of Collodi' Pinocchio fairy tale, and her tale is filled with love, death, deep emotions, action, gore, themes like man's fight to overcome karma's limits, funny references/easter eggs and much more.
And like 20 years ago the ending was so perfect (not unexpected at all if you know Pinocchio's ending) that left me sppechless a
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Jokoloyo
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jbb Lim
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic ending! Brilliant even, with that sort of idea back in the 90s by Yukito Kishiro. I was awed by his brilliance towards the end of the series. I never would have thought of a better ending than this.

Just read it. Just follow it. I think it is one of the best sci-fi graphic novel I've ever read so far. It's really really good.
Ginny
I have not exaggerated by saying that Battle Angel Alita is the best manga I've ever read.it's one of a kind,and to intelligent people ,Yukito Kishiro has properly served his purpose: critisizing our today world in bitter humor and undeniable genius.it tells the story of the never ending battle of kind heart against ignorant cruelty, in the hands of a heroin, A battle Angel named Alita.

the last volume had so much for me to take in.secrets from the past,Tiphares,Ketheres,the dreams,Tree of Life a
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Torie
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So...good...almost...cried. Weird tie up at end/weird climax, but I don't even care. What a good series, man.
Kurtis Burkhardt
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Great manga, loved most of the story and really great art^.^👍👌😄❤❤ ...more
Justin
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
This final volume of the original series is by turns heartbreaking, and exhilarating. At the same time, it's a little hard to fully review, because it essentially has two endings. As I understand it, Kishiro hadn't decided to continue writing Alita's story until after wrapping things up in volume nine. So that original ending wraps things up for all the characters, more or less. The ending that leads into the sequel series/second story arc (Last Order), takes place about two thirds of the way th ...more
Zibbi


This review is for Volumes 1 to 9.

I became interested in reading the manga after watching the Alita: Battle Angel movie because the premise showed heaps of promise. This is definitely an action-packed read although the illustration is not exactly my type of art. I wanted to like this but it feels like the work is not polished. The manga pacing and execution totally threw me off. I found it hard to become grounded in the narrative and I felt like my bunch of ‘whys’ were not answered satisfactoril
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Tom
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A decent end to a decent series. While the end-end itself felt fairly rushed and wasn't emotionally validating at all, it still kind of worked as an ending in the sense that it reflected the cold reality of the world Kishiro had built over 9 volumes. The non-canon alt ending was similarly underwhelming in its essentially being Mary Sue wish fulfillment, but it's also less abrupt and ties up more loose ends in a more pleasing way. So vol 9 is a mixed bag; underwhelming ending, but otherwise great ...more
Nicholas Driscoll
Lots more fighting and explosions, as well as an extended dream sequence, and some alternative end stories.

Interesting. I wasn’t a fan of the abrupt and unsatisfying end of the “canonical” story, which made a lot of what came before feel pretty pointless. And again, Figure Four never even returned at all in the canonical story. On he other hand, the alternative extended ending felt pretty rushed and messy, with some nevertheless great moments.

I think there are a lot of interesting ideas in the
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Amilam
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An uneven piece of work to send off a cult classic. I'm not sure Alita received much engaging character development post Volume 4, certainly not enough to fill 5 more volumes. I appreciate the author's intent as I don't feel like any chapter was a cash grab, but just the author feeling a genuine attachment to the story, but not having enough to say. Also, I was consistently disappointed by new characters, particularly characters like Figure Four. This volume had a fairly ham-fisted ending, but a ...more
Robert Hudder
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This goes someways to providing a good conclusion. The reveals happen quickly, without time to understand the impact on the rest of the world. It is a big reveal that seems to support the smaller stories that I have gone along.

Once again, it does suffer from this odd exceptionalism that occurs in comics where there is only one person who can stop this...

I would really like to see other tropes discussed. This gets a pass as it is still 1991 when this was written. Overall, I can see why this ser
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Olivia
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Wow, wow, and just wow!

Admittedly it is hard to really dive into and express all I am thinking after completing this series of Battle Angel Alita. I laughed, I teared up a bit, and after reading this final installment have been left wanting more (and to go through those emotions again, and again)!

A series I would reread another time (just for the fun of it), I would recommend that anyone give it a shot, whether you are a fan of science fiction or not, black and white illustrations or not, wheth
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JJ
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ending of the epic journey of Alita, from scrap-heap refuse to avenging angel. The (canonical) ending was unexpected, anti-climatic, but, upon reflection, elegantly poetic in its melancholy. The artwork throughout the series has been gorgeously detailed. The books themselves, with their well-balanced blend of philosophy, action, tender interactions, hyperviolent gore, humor, and science fiction have been among the best comics I've ever read; this volume is an excellent conclusion to all that ...more
Ilene
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great conclusion to the series.

Very impressive! To lose Alita in a magnificent martyrdom to save humanity was poignant and enthralling. To gain her back again, thanks to the unsuspected remaining intellect of Doctor/professor Nova was a fabulous twist. For Future to then find her again was, can I say, just perfect.
Chronos
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
This is my first manga series and I'm not planning on reading any more of them, so I don't know how to really judge a manga. But I have to say that the last book tied everything up really well, and my 5 star goes to Kishiro's unbelievable world-building and conclusion on this story.
There were too many volumes than necessary, and the story struggles to stay on the track at the last few volumes. But I really liked the way the manga ended. With biblical and philosophical references, with the well-
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Tomas
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am giving 5 stars to whole series. It has a very nice and a poetic end. I felt like the last issue was just packed with information and closures. It could easily be 2 volumes. It felt a bit rushed but anyway I was very happy with its conclusion.
XO
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pretty cool! The original ending rocks and it’s in my opinion the best. It’s not abrupt at all. What are people talking about? Come on! Changes introduced in last order scrapped most of it for the worst. As far as I’m concerned this is the ending. No more further reading for me.
James
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Very nice ending that made me feel good. Are you still human if you have a human body with a computer chip for a brain or a robot body with a human brain?
Leah
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great ending to a beautiful compelling story
Erik
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I tore through the pages and then wished I could set them all on fire out of anger
Billy Rubin
So good
Samantha
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Wow! What a great conclusion to the series.
Tjibbe Wubbels
Great little series. The story is nicely structured, the characters have depth and the artwork is amazing.
Marianna
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whole series.
Ernest
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
I finally got around and read this classic and was not disappointed.

Beautiful/detailed art and provocative themes with a lot of human emotions. All in all fun read that never gets old.
Kathleen
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Destiny, karma, and selfless sacrifice! Alita rediscovers a piece of her past in time to pull herself together and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. This is the "utopia" volume. It also has a happy ending!
Nicholas
Overall series rating: three stars.

Alita is a crazy ride through a post-apocalyptic, cyberpunk world with hints of everything from Bladerunner to rollerderby. For some strange reason, I couldn't help but be reminded of an old Nintendo game called Basewars where you could build robots and buy parts in a crazy violent version of futuristic baseball. I loved the start and the premise. Doc Ido, a cybernetic physician discovers the intact brain of a young girl in the Scrapyards under the floating ci
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Nick
Feb 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Overall Rating: A
Synopsis: Battle Angel Alita tells the story of an amnesiac female cyborg named Alita. Alita's head and upper torso are found in a state of suspended animation by cybermedic/bounty hunter Daisuke Ido while he is searching for useful scrap. After giving her a new body, Alita begins to learn how to live in the Scrapyard, the home of the poor and out-of-luck, who live in the shadow of the floating city of Tiphares, where the rich live. Although she has no memory, Alita soon realize
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